Glossy, viscous, and dark brown in color, true Balsamic vinegar is more like a syrup than a vinegar. With a velvety texture and a transportive flavor, our aged Balsamic vinegars are sourced from some of the finest purveyors in Italy and range in age from eight to seventy-five years old! Rich, complex, and sweet, these delightful balsamics are characterized by notes of molasses, figs, cherries, and chocolate. Aged in wooden casks, classic balsamic vinegar also bears the undertones of the wood it was stored in, and the discerning palate will be able to pick up notes of oak, chestnut, cherry, or mulberry. Browse through our complete selection of these delectable aged balsamic vinegars for an authentic and delicious taste of this Mediterranean specialty!
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Balsamic Vinegar Grading System
Created using a multi-barrel process, much like a good sherry or port wine, gauging a bottle of balsamic vinegar’s average age requires quite a complex and difficult series of math equations. So instead of relying on numbers, the Italians rely on something that seems to be even more precise, their palates. Using the consensus of a tasting commission consisting of five expert judges, the bottles are sampled and gauged to determine their age. Though there is no definitive number printed on the bottles, you’ll recognize what age bracket the balsamic has been allotted by the color of its cap.
Red, silver, or gold, each color denotes its vintage. If fortunate enough to find a store carrying vinegar of this caliber, look at their cork. Generally, it will have a wax seal ornamenting its top in the color that corresponds with its age. Red is the youngest and denotes a vinegar around 12 years old. The silver cap corresponds to 15-20 years vintage, and the gold cap signifies 20-25 years of age. These are the most popular vintages though on rare occasions you may find balsamics that are over 50 or even 75 years old!